Opposition weekly’s closure upheld on appeal

first_img News Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her News January 15, 2021 Find out more News to go further Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections RSF_en KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts A court confirmed the opposition weekly ADAM bol’s closure on appeal on 26 February, when editor Guljan Yergaliyeva again condemned the political nature of the proceedings.At the end of the hearing, she announced that a new newspaper called ADAM had been registered two days before. Its editor will be her son, Ayan Sharipbayev, ADAM bol’s former owner.———–05.02.2015 – Hounded through courts, Kazakh opposition weekly battles for survival Update: The start of the ADAM bol appeal hearing has been postponed until 26 February at the request of the prosecution, whose representative said he was ill. Editor Guljan Yergaliyeva has called off her hunger strike because it could have had a dire impact on her health if she had tried to continue until the hearing’s new date, but her demands are as valid as ever.————————04.02.2015An appeal hearing opening tomorrow will decide the fate of the Kazakh opposition magazine ADAM bol, which is contesting its court-ordered closure in December. The editor, Guljan Yergaliyeva, who is supported by several high-profile civil society figures, began a hunger strike on 19 January to support a request for the various judgements against the magazine in recent months to be quashed. The judicial persecution of ADAM bol has brought the magazine to its knees and its editorial staff are preparing for the convictions to be overturned. Prosecuted by the municipality of Almaty, the country’s financial capital, the weekly was found guilty of conducting “pro-war propaganda” in December and ordered to close indefinitely. ADAM bol disputed this drastic verdict, pronounced at the end of a trial marked by a number of procedural flaws. On 9 January, a court bailiff presented himself at the editorial office to collect a fine imposed on the magazine in late November in another case. Since the weekly had been closed down after publication had been suspended for a month, it was unable to pay the required 5 million tengue (more than 22,000 euros) and appealed for donations from readers. The magazine’s owner Ayan Sharipbayev was warned that he could face criminal proceedings if the fine were not paid. “The judgements handed down on ADAM bol constitute political persecution,” commented Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The courts are being used to stifle this opposition weekly in the same way as was done recently to Pravdivaya Gazeta and Assandi Times. We fully support the demands of Guljan Yergaliyeva who is merely asking for her right to a fair trial to be respected and for an end to this harassment.” On 19 January, Yergaliyeva began a hunger strike to draw attention to the irregular nature of the proceedings against the magazine and political persecution behind them. Two weeks later she has become very weak as she carries on with her case. Ramazan Eserguepov, head of the organization Journalists in Danger, also stopped taking food on 26 January in solidarity with Yergaliyeva. He was admitted to hospital six days later.A demonstration in support of ADAM bol was held in Almaty on 24 January. As Yergaliyeva, some of her colleagues and Rozlana Taoukina, a human rights activist and member of the ADAM bol support committee, were about to go to the demonstration, they were detained and questioned by the police for two hours. When they were released, Taoukina and one of the detained journalists were still able to attend a second demonstration. Kazakhstan is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.For more information, read the previous Reporters Without Borders statement on this subject:- Orchestrated throttling of Kazakh opposition weekly(Photo : www.adilsoz.kz) center_img October 30, 2020 Find out more News Organisation March 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition weekly’s closure upheld on appeal February 5, 2021 Find out more KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Follow the news on Kazakhstan Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Metgasco signs farm-out agreement with Vintage for Cervantes prospect in Australia

first_img Metgasco has option to drill second optional exploration well within the L14 in WA. (Credit: Metgasco) Oil and gas exploration and production company, Metgasco has executed a re-stated L14 Western Flank farm-out agreement with RCMA Australia (Jade) and Australian company Vintage Energy, relating to the Cervantes oil prospect in Western Australia.As per the re-stated farm-out agreement, which complies with the terms of binding term sheet signed in November 2019, Vintage will fund 50% of the Cervantes exploration well in exchange for a 30% participating interest.The Cervantes well is located in the northern onshore Perth Basin, 3km south-west of the Jingemia oil field.Additionally, Vintage will pay $100,000 to Metgasco for future exploration expenditure relating to Cervantes as well as $100,000 to Jade relating to seismic re-processing over the L14 production license (L14).Metgasco and Vintage to drill Cervantes oil prospect in 3Q 2020The farm-out agreement entails Metgasco and Vintage to drill the highly prospective 3D seismically defined Cervantes oil prospect in the Western Flank area of the L14 production licence, in the third quarter of 2020.Additionally, Metgasco has the right to drill a second optional exploration well within the L14 production licence, between April and end of December 2020.Metgasco chief executive officer Ken Aitken said: “Metgasco is pleased to have finalised the L14 farm-out agreement with Vintage and RCMA Australia.“Metgasco, as seconded operator, are currently working closely with RCMA and Vintage to progress Cervantes planning and look forward to a successful project.“An exploration success at one of the largest undrilled oil prospects in the Perth Basin will be highly commercially significant for Metgasco and continue to build on the momentum provided by the recent gas discovery in the Cooper/Eromanga Basin.”Vintage will have a 30% interest in the Cervantes oil prospect while Metgasco and RCMA Australia will own 30% and 40% stakes, respectively.In 2019, Metgasco and its partners have made a gas discovery at the Vali-1 ST1 gas exploration well in Cooper-Eromanga Basin licence ATP 2021 in Australia following the drilling programme.Located on the Queensland side of the Cooper- Eromanga Basin, the 370km² ATP 2021 permit is highly prospective with drill-ready prospects identified by 3D seismic. Vintage to fund 50% of the Cervantes exploration well for a 30% participating interestlast_img read more

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